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Regular office hours are from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM Monday to Friday. In the case of an emergency, on-call staff can be contacted 24 hours a day by calling 250 861-4200.
From UBC Okanagan - Perspectives on Water Issues in the Okanagan
The Research Chair in Water Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability at UBC, John Janmaat, has posted an interesting blog with his thoughts on the Kelowna water situation:
Follow this link to John's Blog.
Following a meeting June 9, 2016 with the Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development and the five Kelowna water utilities, Minister Fassbender issued the following press release:
For Immediate Release June 10, 2016
Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development
Kelowna water service providers working together
“Today’s meeting with the Kelowna Joint Water Board (KJWB) members has been a turning point: they have found common ground. An agreement has been reached to draft common principles and terms of reference for a Value Planning process. All previous and existing materials and plans will be used to inform this process.
This agreement is the result of a very positive meeting between the Province, the City of Kelowna, the Black Mountain Irrigation District, the Rutland Water Works District, the Glenmore-Ellison Improvement District and the South East Kelowna Irrigation District, as well as facilitators Chris Trumpy and George Abbott.
The parties agreed to work proactively, for the benefit of citizens, as they take next steps to ensure a high quality of water across the region. There will be further details that require work between all parties, but we are clear about one thing – it is time to move forward.
I commend all of the parties at the meeting today for their leadership and commitment.”
Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development
Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development
A PDF version of the release can be found by following this link: CSCD Press Release.
June 9, 2016
2016 Election Results
Four candidates were nominated to run for two Trustee positions for three year terms. The date of the election was Thursday, June 9, 2016 from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM at the District office at 3235 Gulley Road. An advance poll was held Thursday, June 2, 2016 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the District office.
The results of the election are as follows:.
Christine Dendy 226
Richard King 153
Michael Smith 150
Jo Szady 115
The successful candidates are Christine Dendy and Richard King, each elected for a three year term to the Board of Trustees of the South East Kelowna Irrigation District. We would like to thank all those who took the time to cast their vote and the candidates for letting their names stand for election and for their interest and support of the community and SEKID.
May 24, 2016
SEKID's Response to City of Kelowna Letter
The City of Kelowna recently sent an unsigned letter dated May 11, 2016 to the residents of South East Kelowna regarding water quality and the call to amalgamate SEKID within the municipality. The letter contains a number of factual errors and raises a number of points that are of concern to the Board of Trustees. The board has addressed these here in the attached Open Letter from the Board of Trustees.
Follow this link for a copy of the City Letter.
One claim in the City Letter is that SEKID will be using water from a declining aquifer and our water quality improvement program is not sustainable in the long term. This statement is causing considerable concern and confusion among some residents. This claim is false, the city simply has their facts wrong. The facts about the aquifer are presented on page 6 and 7 of SEKID's response letter above. For quick reference we provide the following graphs.
The first graph shows water levels from SEKID's groundwater source and the second graph is from the City letter, which is not the aquifer SEKID uses:
Aquifer 463 - SEKID's groundwater source:
Aquifer 464 - Incorrectly attributed to SEKID in the City of Kelowna letter:
May 5, 2016
A Water Update from the Board of Trustees
Please follow this link for an important update from the Board of Trustees about grant funding for the Water Quality Improvement Plan.
Water Quality Notifications
Boil Water Notice downgraded to Water Quality Advisory
The Boil Water Notice issued May 25 has been downgraded to a Water Quality Advisory. Please click on the following link for a copy of the News Release with the details: News Release.
Spring & Summer Newsletter 2016
The much anticipated Spring & Summer 2016 newsletter will be arriving by mail to all landowners of the district shortly. Among other stories, this edition provides an update on the grant funding situation and the withdrawl of support from the City of Kelowna to assist SEKID in obtaining funding.
Can't wait to read the latest edition? Download your free copy of the latest newsletter here.
Domestic watering regulations
- New Regulations in Effect for 2016 -
We are happy to announce the Kelowna Joint Water Committee has updated the Kelowna Coordinated Drought Plan for 2016. This plan was originally developed in 2010 and adopted by all five water purveyors. Unfortunately, the City of Kelowna water utility dropped out of the program in 2011, effectively putting a coordinated city-wide drought plan on hold.
With the severe drought conditions experienced in the province in 2015, City Council had a change of heart about responsible water resource management and we are now able to implement the updated plan on a city-wide basis over the next two years.
For SEKID users there are important changes to the domestic sprinkling regulations our residents need to know about (see below). While the new regulations are in effect now (2016), we intend to give everyone a grace period for this year with full implementation of the new regulations coming into effect in 2017.
The new drought plan is quite extensive and covers a wide variety of water uses. To view the full plan follow this link: Kelowna Coordinated Drought Plan (2016). The main change to domestic sprinkling regulations involves going to set days of the week for watering and the days you are permitted to water is determined by odd and even addresses. Under normal conditions sprinkling will be allowed three days a week.
New Domestic Sprinkling Regulations: 2016
Sprinkling is permitted on an odd/even basis depending on your address:
- Odd numbered addresses will water on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays
- Even numbered addresses will water on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays
- For those residents with in-ground automatic sprinkling systems the hours are 12:00 AM. to 6:00 A.M.
- For those watering by hose, sprinkling times are from 6:00 A.M. to 10:00 A.M. and from 7:00 P.M. to midnight.
- Hand watering by hose and washing cars is permitted any day
“Please think about the water you use and use it wisely”
Moving Forward: A Plan of Action for Improving SEKID Water Quality
The South East Kelowna Irrigation District (SEKID) is taking another step in the move toward meeting mandatory provincial water quality standards and ratepayers' demands for higher quality water.
Taking into account the feedback received from ratepayers since the Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) was introduced in 2012, trustees have developed a feasible funding plan that avoids borrowing by constructing the new system in two phases. Read More ».
Keep Zebra and Quagga mussels out of B.C.
Zebra and Quagga mussels are exotic mollusks that have wreaked havoc accross the eastern seaboard and mid-west of North America. They thrive in freshwater lakes and have serious economic impacts wherever they spread. They are now reaching the western states and are moving steadily towards B.C.
Follow this link to find out more about these mussels and how to stop their spread: